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  Hollinger, Paula Colodny
NamePaula Colodny Hollinger
Pikesville, Maryland , United States
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Born December 30, 1940 (80 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedMr. Matt
Jan 12, 2021 07:35pm
InfoPaula C. Hollinger is a registered nurse, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a lecturer, a teacher, an innovative policymaker and a Maryland State Senator since 1987.

A graduate of Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in New York Paula has practiced nursing in a variety of settings. Paula’s nursing resume includes stints as a Charge Nurse in an Emergency Department, a Head Nurse in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a public health nurse with the Baltimore County Health Department working in the Baltimore County school system, a clinical instructor in psychiatric nursing and a Myasthenia Gravis specialist in the Acute Stroke Unit of the University of Maryland Hospital.

Paula found a way to combine her love of people, nursing, policy and politics when she was elected to the House of Delegates in the Maryland General Assembly in 1979. She served in the House from 1979 until 1986 when she was elected to the Senate.

Currently, Paula serves as Chair of the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and Chairman of that Committee's Health Subcommittee. In 1995 she was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Financing. Senator Hollinger has also served, in the past, as President of the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly.

On the national level, the Senator has served as Chair of both the Women’ s Network and the Health Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and has represented Maryland, as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, in 1976 and again in 2000.

Senator Hollinger’s legislative accomplishments in Maryland have focused on issues relating to health, health occupations, mental health, health care cost containment, long-term care, bio-ethics, education, the environment and child welfare issues. Her bill to establish Patient Care Advisory Committees in all hospitals in Maryland became the first law of its kind in the country. Among her recent accomplishments, Hollinger sponsored and saw passed into law a prohibition on mandatory overtime for nurses, creation of the State Advisory Council on Pain Management, Medicaid waiver legislation which allows qualified Medicaid patients to remain in their own homes or in assisted living, in addition to nursing homes, a bill that increased much needed organ and tissue donations and a bill that helped establish Maryland’ s Automatic External Defibrillator Program in order to increase the public’s access to AED’s.

Senator Hollinger serves on the Boards of Directors of many local organizations and institutions, including the Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her public service. In recognition of her tireless work and continuing advocacy on behalf of all Marylander’s Paula received a Pacesetter Award from the National Women Legislators Lobby in 2001 and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the DAILY RECORD in 1999 and again in 2001.


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